Coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council
Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council.
The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed. If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.
You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.
Council leaders have urged people and businesses across the West Midlands to keep following advice to reduce the threat of further lockdowns.
Hurst Street in Birmingham city centre will be closed on weekends from Saturday 15 August to create an alfresco eating and drinking area designed to help businesses recover from COVID-19. Hospitality businesses, including pubs, cafes and restaurants, must have a pavement licence to use pathways for eating, drinking and seating.
When you are out and about please be careful. If you are visiting pubs or restaurants, remember: even though you might not know other people, they can still infect you; it can be difficult to trace everyone – please leave your details wherever you go; if you go somewhere that doesn’t look Covid-safe, then go somewhere else, otherwise you and your family are at risk; remember social-distancing when you are out as well as hand hygiene.
If anyone has concerns about any potential breaches of the lockdown measures put in place by the government, they can be reported direct to the council, anonymously, if preferred. Potential breaches could include lack of social-distancing at a business or venue, or employees being pressured to work when they should be isolating. Please only tell us if you feel there is a significant issue or breach you think we need to know about and investigate further. Concerns can be reported online or by calling 0121 303 1116.
Is your family finding Covid-19 tough? We all need to look after our mental health. Young people can access online forums and counselling through Kooth. Parents can get in touch with Pause and MIND for help.
Extra weight puts extra pressure on your body, making it harder to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and, now, COVID-19. Losing weight can help reduce your risk. For help and support, visit: NHS.uk/BetterHealth
Need help but not safe to talk? Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid supports women and children affected by domestic abuse. A web chat is also available, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, just click the speech bubble on the website.
Businesses have until Monday 17 August to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant. If you’re an eligible business, you may be awarded a grant of up to £25,000 that doesn’t need to be paid back.
Watch Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Azim’s message to Birmingham’s volunteers and voluntary organisations about how they can get a special thank you for their efforts, helping city’s communities during the pandemic.
In addition to shops, supermarkets and public transport, face coverings are now mandatory in cinemas, places of worship, visitor attractions, libraries, museums, galleries, community centres, funeral directors, vets, transport centres, and salons.
Washing your hands more often remains vitally important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have been outside, please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before touching your face or any surfaces. Follow NHS advice. No matter how mild your symptoms may be, if you experience any loss/change in sense of smell, loss/change in sense of taste, high temperature, or have a new, continuous cough, you MUST book a test.
For members of the community whose first language isn’t English, the council’s website has translated audio and written information on Coronavirus Test and Trace.
For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.
A multi-site Athlete Villages will be used for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but the key physical legacy from the Games is a regenerated Perry Barr – and that is absolutely secure. Work to deliver housing is currently ongoing and will continue in the months and years to come. The nations and territories participating in Birmingham 2022 are looking to set up training camps across the UK where they can prepare ahead of the Games. Think you can help? Find out more.
Birmingham City Council will begin rolling out a network of over 390 electric vehicle charge points from autumn 2020, primarily to support the electrification of Birmingham’s taxi fleet.
Ahead of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, on 15 August, Birmingham has renewed its commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant to ensure those who serve or served, and their families, are treated fairly.
Introducing… the City Centre Segments. Find out more and tell us what you think about the first phase of this new transport initiative for Birmingham.
If you’re under 30 and need personalised support to get into employment, training or education, Youth Promise Plus offers this for free, for YOU!
Do you know community groups needing volunteer time, small grants or construction materials to support projects? The lead contractor for the Alexander Stadium could have solutions.
West Midlands’ arts and culture sectors will join together for three weekends of free innovative events in August and September showcasing the brilliance and diversity of the region.
Birmingham residents, in particular dog owners, are being invited to have their say on proposals to renew five Public Space Protection Orders in place to tackle dog control issues across the city. The consultation closes Monday, 31 August.